2 seasons of TV shows and 11 books. Hours of previous narration and he can not pronounce the lead charactor name properly. I also would like a reread. No offence Dick Hill but your narration sucks large clumps of pustulant snardage. You did a disservice to this series. I feel to have wasted my money on the purchase of this book. To be sure I will NEVER listen to another you have read.
The book is fine but the reading isn't good. The main issue is the pronunciation. Dick Hill pronounces the name of the heroine, kahlan, different than any of the other recordings (#1-3). He pronounces her name "collin". Other places and people are also pronounced differently. I found it very distracting.
What in the world were you guys thinking! I can't believe you changed the name of one of the main characters. I've read all of these books to this point and they are really good. The Mother Confessor is one of the main characters of the series and up until now, her name was Kaylin. For the first hour of this book, I had to wonder. Who the F^$# is Collin? Did I miiss a book? What the hell happened?! But when I heard the full name, I realized that "Collin" is the new Kaylin. Why or why would you do this?
If you choose to listen to this book be aware that the narrator is HORRIBLE. Please at least find a narrator that can pronounce the character's names. The book is amazing and deepens the story greatly and enriches all of the characters, however it is tiresome to hear Kahlan referred to as Collin. I find it greatly distracting from the story to have this narrator direct the journey of the book. I would give the book itself 5 stars however because of the narrator getting 0 stars i will average the two out to two stars.
As I listened to the fourth series, it was extremely predictable. Kahlan was boring and abandoned of her own power and strength as she had in the last book. She was weak and a disappointment. She had so much strength in the last series that I almost feel bad for rushing to have this book in my possession. It made the story seem longer and more drawn out. The story even lost me a few times, which I wasn't too happy about but because of the direction it seems like the writer was just writing this one to get it over with and get to the next. I'm hoping that the next book/series isn't as bad as this one.
I learned after attempting to listen to this book that even though I truly enjoy reading a book that it pays to read the reviews before purchasing an audible copy. I know I only have two functioning brain cells, but why would Kahlan be called Kahlan in my mind while reading 11 volumes of text, listening to the first 3 books in the series and watching 40 some odd episodes on a TV series very loosely based on the book series and then change her name to Collin for "Temple of the Winds"??? I couldn't take it, I lasted less than 5 minutes with this reading and located another version that gives Cara a Russian accent, but at least he has the names right, wish I could return the audible copy for a refund :o(
still waiting for audible to sell me Metro 2033
who the hell is colin? i mean realy dick how do you get colin out of kahlan. now realy i don't know if mr dick hill will read this but for all of us who pay for thes books and in due fact help pay you how about saying the names right i mean is it realy hard (*kay lan) not colin realy dick have some pride in your work and do a good job
book 5 stars
dick hill -100 stars and to dick if you can't do your job right i would say look for a new job you would be good at like being a land mine stomper
Kahlen apparently got a lobotomy. Richard suffers her stupidity. Book and series ruined, since it seems that the next book is even worse. I'll just stop now.
As a non native english speaker I might regard the narrating differently: Yes, the narrator does mispronounce a few names and at first, that confused (and bothered) me a little bit. But other than that I think he does the reading just fine (and better than ohters before!) and I got used to his particular narration. For me that didn't decrease the quality of the book at all and I enjoyed listening to the story nonetheless.
I was quite impressed with this one. Mr. Hill is an effective drama team all by himself! Similar to the old radio stories back before television took over the effort of imagination - he threw his voice, covered the mic, was not afraid to actually clear his throat and laughed evilly. He sent chills down my back and made me giggle right along with the story. Not everyone can put the right tone of voice into the characters, but I think Mr. Hill did a wonderful job. I thoroughly enjoyed his representation of these characters. I'm not old enough to remember radio as the main indoor pastime, but I know enough to value a dramatic picture painted in my mind so well by the voice of another.
I've read the other comments on this narration, and while I agree the name pronunciations were annoying at first, everyone speaks differently, so I got used to it. I knew who he was talking about and it really didn't make any difference to the story line. It should be a crime to completely miss out on the great story and the fantastic drama just because of a to-ma-to/to-mah-to issue. Terribly narrowminded, in my opinon, and their loss. The lack of proper tone to convey the characters' intent is much more distracting from the story than a pronunciation variation.
I will seek out other books Mr. Hill has narrated just to see what he will do with the story! Hail Dick Hill!